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Welcome to Teacher Talk, where our authors 'talk' early literacy with teachers. You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as personal stories and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.

  1. Word Study: Returning to the Shared Reading Text (Video 4 of 7)

    Before the video begins, Debra had students draw and write a response to the book: write about a pet you think is best. After collecting the students’ writing, Debra examined their writing to determine an appropriate teaching focus for word study.

    Debra determined that the word study focus would be to encourage students to ask themselves, “Does the word look right?” after they write a word. Several children had or could have used the word “because” in their writing. So this became the example word for their new strategy.

  2. Modeled Writing with Shared Reading for Kindergartners (Video 5 of 7)

    This modeled writing experience gives children an opportunity to hear a writer decide what to write about, how to say the ideas to be written, and to notice strategies and conventions for getting an idea onto paper.

    Literacy consultant Debra Crouch writes about a topic the students had already written about: the best pet. After discussing the topic with students, Debra discusses different ways to begin the opinion piece and that the piece needs to include reasons to support thinking. She emphasizes rereading to check your writing and maintain meaning.

  3. Extend Oral Language with Kindergartners (Video 6 of 7)

    This lesson happened just before the first reading of Which Pet is Best? The book had been used in several reading sessions the previous week. In this session, several pages, not the entire book, are used as a warm-up at the beginning of shared reading time to extend oral language. Students join in the reading as they choose. The language focus is on continuing to use positional words. The vocabulary of “lumberjack” was used by students during the previous week and, as it was a known word, we used that word.

  4. Extending Oral Language, Small Group Kindergarten (Video 7 of 7)

    Small Group reading to extend Oral Language

    Watch as the teacher leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children.

    The teacher invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks the child open questions about the story. Most of all, the teacher prompts the child to use their own words. She also asks the children questions starting with "which" and "where" to encourage the flow of communication. The teacher encourages the children to "add into the thinking", while supporting their ideas and concepts.

    As a result, the child displays a curious interest and communicates their thoughts about the book with the group.

  5. Guided Reading: Synthesizing & Talking About the Pair (Video)

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she and her guided reading group of 3rd grade students talk about paired texts AMAZING SALAMANDERS and SALAMANDER SURPRISE, Level N paired texts from the FLYING START TO LITERACY series. FLYING START is available from Okapi Educational Publishing.


  6. Flying Start to Literacy Critical Thinking (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses critical thinking and early literacy instruction.

  7. Flying Start to Literacy Guided Reading (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses the role of guided reading in Flying Start to Literacy.

  8. Flying Start to Literacy Getting Started (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett offers advice for getting underway with Flying Start to Literacy.



  9. Flying Start to Literacy Lesson Plan Walk Through (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett provides a walk-through of the lesson plan cards for Flying Start to Literacy.


  10. Flying Start to Literacy Text Types (Video)

    Educational consultant Lyn Reggett discusses the use of text types in Flying Start to Literacy.


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